The development of a good clinical practice training model for use in South African clinical trials
Raphesu, Nomusa Joyce
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Medicines for human use worldwide are generated in part through the conduct of clinical trials. This is done to ensure safety and efficacy. The involvement of human subjects in drug trials has raised concerns for the protection of human rights. As a consequence of the medical misadventures, the Declaration of Helsinki was formulated in 1964 and revised up to 2002. Today, the International Conference of Harmonization of Good Clinical Practice of 1996 guidelines are used worldwide (including South Africa) in the conduct of clinical trials. This study took place in South Africa. The objectives of the study were to first develop an instrument to be used in identifying the current good clinical practice knowledge and training needs of clinical researchers; secondly identify the knowledge level and training needs using the designed instrument and thirdly, based on the findings, develop a Good Clinical Practice training model so as to facilitate the achievement of quality standards for the conduct of clinical trials in South Africa.